Luckily, I have access to very small parcels of fruit from old, dry-grown, hand-pruned/picked vineyards. I decided that making a Grenache the way Barossan families made table wines many generations ago would honour the years of back-breaking work required for keeping the vineyards feasible and sustainable. The 'Old Vine' is from the best performing Barossa Valley Grenache vineyard each year. The succesful vineyards, corresponding parishes and age of vines is listed below:
2009 Vine Vale - planted approximately 1850
2010 Greenock - planted approximately 1915
2011 Greenock - planted approximately 1915
2012 Krondorf - planted approximately 1942
2013 Krondorf - planted approximately 1942
2014 Krondorf - planted approximately 1942
2014 HEAD ‘Old Vine’ Grenache, Krondorf – Barossa Valley
The Grenache for this wine comes from a 73 year old vineyard in Krondorf on red to brown clays. Green harvested before veraison by 50% and shoot thinned to ensure ultimate quality of the grapes at time of harvest. Split hand-picked at 14% and 15% potential alcohol over a week. 15% whole-bunch, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand plunged and foot trodden twice daily for 20 days. Racked once during elevage of 12 months in larger, older barrels. Here the Grenache flirts with Burgundy rather than Rhone in its colour, texture and finesse. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.
Deep crimson red with brilliant clarity, poise, almost shimmering in the glass. Aromas of fresh red cherries and fruit spice, aniseed, cured meat and forest floor. Barely medium bodied in extract with sweet, textural red fruit flavours and lingering, sweet mouthwatering tannins. Great persistence and length of flavour here. Would suit gamey dishes. Drink now or up to 15 years. 14.5% Alcohol.